About this day
For A-level and IB students
Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience. Maths in Action features five lively and enriching sessions exploring a variety of topics carefully designed to extend students’ knowledge. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed.
Programme & speakers
How to get rich quick Sophie Maclean, Mathematician and Communicator
Being able to determine the future is a great way to get money. From fairground games to the stock market, knowing what will happen is a great advantage. In this session, Sophie gives an introduction to the world of finance and shares some of the Maths she used working as a trader.
About Sophie Maclean
Sophie is a Maths Communicator and a member of the team behind Chalkdust Magazine. She has previously worked as a Quantitative Trader, a Software Engineer, and a Maths tutor.
Different coloured hats Beth Romano, University of Oxford
Beth will show us how different areas of Maths can often overlap. She will demonstrate how our understanding of chance and probability can be applied to checking for errors in data transmissions. How can observing the colour of someone else’s hat lead you to know the colour of your own?
About Dr Beth Romano
Beth is a member of Somerville College, University of Oxford, where she researches representation theory, the study of symmetries. Her work takes her from number theory to theoretical physics.
The Future of Flight Sophie Harker, BAE Systems
From breaking speed records to flying an aircraft into orbit, the aerospace industry is on the verge of major breakthroughs. Sophie will introduce some revolutionary projects and show that mathematicians provide a vital role in engineering them.
About Sophie Harker
Sophie is a senior aerodynamicist at BAE Systems. She was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018 and was the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018.
Lies, damned lies, and newspapers Emily Grossman, Broadcaster
Can we believe everything we read in the papers? In this highly interactive and amusing talk, Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at the use and abuse of statistics in the media, illustrated with examples from her own experience as a TV science broadcaster.
About Dr Emily Grossman
Emily is a bestselling science author, internationally acclaimed public speaker and TV personality. She is best known for explaining science stuff on her fun YouTube videos and on TV shows such as Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).
A journey through viral maths Kyle Evans, Maths communicator
Social media plays a huge part in most people’s lives, and amongst the viral videos and memes you’ll find a surprising number of maths puzzles: some good and some… not so good. Kyle has waded through dozens of these puzzles for his book Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind!, and will present the very best of viral maths, along with an insight into why some puzzles go viral. A pen and paper would be useful.
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is an award-winning maths communicator and entertainer who has performed in all corners of the UK, from the Edinburgh Fringe to London’s Science Museum and everywhere between.